Tuesday, March 15, 2011

A New Friend of the Vermilon River. A Post to World Bird Wednesday.

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I have mentioned frequently that I see very few local people on my hikes as the forest and wildlife does not appeal to them. But I now know we're spending too much time alone in the bush when this is one of our new friends. I guess he thinks of himself as our East Forest Guardian, after all we have Hugin our Raven in the west, and now we're covered in the east. After he has taken the peanut you can still see it in his mouth in the last 3 photos. I might add that he took 3 peanuts at once so you can imagine how big he is.

A Post to World Bird Wednesday @ http://pineriverreview.blogspot.com/

59 comments:

  1. What a handsome fellow. He could hang around my yard any time.

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  2. He's a beauty, and you captured his lovely feathers very well. :)

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  3. What a beauty, looks like you have made a fast friend!

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  4. Your images capture a lot of personality in your new friend.

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  5. Wonderful photos of this handsome fellow! Such interesting and intelligent birds!

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  6. Great photos - but tell him that 3 peanuts at once is a bit greedy :-)

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  7. These are excellent character portraits of a most intelligent bird.

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  8. Stevie Harper,yes.But not him Louise.

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  9. Thanks Texwisgirl for the compliments.

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  10. Thanks Fotokarusellen. He's quite the guy isn't he?

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  11. Thanks bailey.road.com. He is quite a guy.

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  12. I don't know mick. Three peanuts for acting as a guardian.

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  13. Thanks Doug. Their intelligence trumps all politicians!!

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  14. A beautiful bird to see Gary. Great images.

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  15. Thanks Andrew for the kind words.

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  16. Brilliant shots of the Ravens, well done Gary.

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  17. it must have been hungry if it stayed that close. It is really black. And they are large over here too. Beautiful shots, the plumage looks like satin. :)

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  18. Nice shots of the 'greedy' Raven. Well done Gary.

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  19. Thanks Bob. I knew you'd like him.

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  20. It's a bond NF. Remember who sits on the right shoulder of Odin. You should know.

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  21. Thanks Frank for the kind words.

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  22. Totally love the ravens and I can imagine him filling his mouth to the brim with p-nuts..lol

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  23. Fantastic series! Love them all...especially photo 5!

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  24. I'm so glad to see good feather detail on a raven. Black birds are so tough to get right. You sure make it look easy Gary. For me there is something cool about the "grin" on number six and that sir is my pick!

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  25. Great shots of a very handsome bird. Glad to know you two now have a friend to the east.

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  26. Hi - I like crows in all their forms - we get Ravens in Souht Australia - but many people just call them crows.

    I think they are really smart birds!

    Cheers Stewart M - Australia

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  27. Great shots, Gary, of an intelligent looking bird. As Springman said, black on black is to hard to photograph, but you did an excellent job. I love the deep croaking calls that raven make when flying. They look like crows on steroids.

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  28. Gary, he's a beaut! I'd love to count him among one of my friends!

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  29. Nice photos of your new friend, Gary!

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  30. It look like it is almost choking, take care of your new friend, MB

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  31. Gary, He isn't afraid of you and Boomer? I have one heck of a time getting photos of the local Crows.
    Great close-ups!!!

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  32. Absolutely brilliant portraits,I love all the poses!

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  33. Exactly what he did Sondra.

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  34. Thanks Keith and hope you're getting back to photography.

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  35. Glad you enjoyed him Springman.

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  36. They are wonderful Hilke, and those eyes seem to show that trickey IQ.

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  37. Hi Kaholly. Sorry but he's got to stay here according to our peanut pact.

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  38. Oh he can hold that many fairly easy,MB.

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  39. You should have seen the siddling up to the peanuts. He knew we were there Jean and checked us out fairly well.

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  40. Hi AK. Thanks for kind words.

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  41. A very charming critter! Lovely shots.

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  42. Superb shots of what we down here call the Common Raven, although, personally, I find nothing common about ravens. I agree with Dave that they are difficult to get good detail due to their overall blackness, and these images are awesome. The straight on capture is my favorite also.

    Such intelligent birds!

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  43. They are quite smart Larry. This guy took a while to siddle up to us. You could just see him deciding we were OK.

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  44. Thank you for such fantastic picture, the closeup allows for a better understanding of the true beauty of the species.

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